An Expedition with Maranatha’s Crew
This week, travel with our well-drilling crew in Kenya as they make a 30-day expedition to one of the most remote parts of the country: Ileret. It would be so far away from goods and services that they’d have to pack everything they needed—food, water, gasoline, equipment, supplies, etc. All of it had to be brought with them to make it to Ileret and back. See what it was like making the five-day drive from Maranatha’s headquarters near the capital city of Nairobi through the Chalbi Desert in 105 degree temperatures with no air conditioning. Watch as the crew overcomes unique challenges in finding water for the Daasanach tribe that calls this place home. And, despite the trying conditions, see how the team grew closer together and to God, leading to the baptism of six of Maranatha’s crew members. Your kids will see just how committed Maranatha’s team in Kenya is to the mission, and consider how they too can persevere through tough conditions with God’s help.
Pre-video Discussion Questions
- What is the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do physically? Why was it so difficult and how did you overcome the challenge?
In today’s video, Maranatha’s well-drilling crew in Kenya survives a 30-day expedition in a remote desert, bringing water to the Daasanach tribe.
Post-video Discussion Questions
- The crew lived in tough conditions for 30 days. Which part of living in Ileret would be the most challenging for you and why?
- Why do you think the team continued to press on with the work even though it was uncomfortable?
- Why did the hard living conditions in Ileret and the drilling challenges bring the crew closer together and even closer to God?
- Maranatha volunteers also say that the hard work and challenges of serving on a mission trip bring them closer to others and to God. Is there something you could do where you live that might be hard, but would connect you to people and God? What is it, and what steps would you need to take to make it happen?
- Give us the strength to overcome tough challenges and serve You wherever we are called.
- Ask kids what they would add to the prayer list.
Did You Know?
- Even though they were tired and hot, the team faithfully held a morning and evening worship each day. These worships helped to eventually lead six crew members to decide to become baptized.
- Those team members were baptized in Lake Turkana, which is a large lake nearby. Even though it has a lot of water, it is salty and dirty, so the Daasanach people don’t drink it unless they have no other options.